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Hay bale decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Hay bales seem to be standing the test of time in terms of wedding decor and we can absolutely see why.  As a relatively cheap and versatile option they can be both practical and decorative to use in creating a relaxed, country or festival vibe for your wedding day.

If you head on over to Pinterest you would be hard pushed to not come across some hay bale inspiration, we even have our own board dedicated to them. Throughout the years we have featured many weddings with hay bale seating and decor and provided previous posts on hay bale inspiration here, here, here, here and here. Today, however we thought we would provide you with some new inspiration and summarise some of our favourite uses. You’ll also hear from hay bale gurus Partybales along with our advice to help you with planning, how to source them, and how to incorporate hay bales into your wedding day.

Hay bale seating decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Hay bale seating and vintage blanket decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Hay bale decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

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Today I have created a lovely and simple pageboy bow tie DIY tutorial. Being a mama to a little boy I sometimes find the outfit choices a little limiting compared to the options for girls. For a celebration however I don’t think there is anything more adorable than a boy in a bow tie – paired with some braces, a flat cap, or blazer you can’t really go wrong.

These bow ties are so simple and easy they would be perfect to make for little pageboys, and the advantage of making them yourself is you can choose any fabric that compliments the rest of your wedding party. I chose a red gingham fabric but you could choose any kind.

The tutorial today has been adapted from one by Slow Mama which I used a couple of years back when my little one was a baby. Now he’s a little older I made a couple of small changes to suit a family wedding we had this summer. You really don’t need to be a pro seamstress to make one, I am most definitely not!

What you need to create a pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

What you will need:

  • Fabric (at least 25cm x 20cm)
  • Complimentary thread & needle
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Scissors (material scissors preferable)
  • 2 x small safety pins
  • Tape measure
  • Iron (optional but helpful)

Making your pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

Step 1 – Cut the fabric

Cut the two pieces of fabric required to make the bow tie:

  • Piece 1 – 25cm x 12cm
  • Piece 2 – 8cm x 4cm

As my fabric was chequered it was easy to follow the lines. If you are not confident in cutting the right sizes in a straight line, make the templates out of paper/newspaper first and trace onto the fabric.

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

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Bohemian hellebore wedding flower crown for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

I don’t think I will ever, ever tire of a flower crown, a bold statement I know but if you take a look at today’s beautiful bohemian hellebore wedding inspiration and the to-die-for spring flower crown I think you would agree that regardless of fashion trends they are pretty timeless.

Today’s inspiration shoot was lovingly curated by Beamsley Blooms and shot by Phase 2 Photography  to showcase the possibilities of using seasonal British flowers for Spring brides and grooms, offering a stunning alternative to the more traditional Spring associated blooms. Clare from Phase 2 Photography explains, “The aim of the shoot was to let the pure, natural beauty of the flowers speak for themselves and give brides an idea of what can be achieved with these stunning flowers.”

Susanne from Beamsley Blooms goes on to give us a little more information about the inspiration behind the shoot for us…

Bohemian hellebore wedding inspiration shoot for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bohemian hellebore wedding flower crown for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

 Bohemian hellebore wedding flower crown for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bohemian hellebore wedding inspiration shoot for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Cherry blossom chandelier and rustic wedding table // Photography Captured by Katrina // The Honeysuckle Flower Co. // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

I have had the pleasure of knowing Lizzie from Wedding Yurts for nearly five years now, and everything she creates is pure magic. When I heard she was putting on an Open Week in Herefordshire, I knew I want to visit, to see what delights she had been dreaming up, and to catch up (as best you can with a two and a half year old in tow).

I wasn’t disappointed. My little girl had a magical time running around this beautiful rural spot at Wye Valley Weddings and I soaked up the atmosphere inside Lizzie’s stunning yurts, with their wooden floors and rustic decorations.

As part of their Open Week, Lizzie had pulled together some incredible teams of suppliers to create so inspirational wedding shoots. One of those shoots was a Spring Eco Wedding Festival with a down-to-earth natural style, and featuring wedding suppliers who all weave an eco-friendly ethos into their business. I particular love the simple but striking table design with terracotta pots of herbs and those tiny chai bowls holding tealights.

Lizzie’s work is the kind of style I’d like to have at my own wedding or party, so I’m sure you’ll be as inspired as I am by today’s Spring Eco Wedding Festival shoot.

Wedding Yurts at Wye Valley Weddings in Herefordshire // Photography Captured by Katrina // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic wedding trestle table with terracotta pots of herbs and tealights // Photography Captured by Katrina // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic spring wedding table decoration with blossom // Photography Captured by Katrina // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

Boho style outdoor wedding lounge // Photography Captured by Katrina // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding glamping tents // Photography Captured by Katrina // Love Lotus // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

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A spring wedding shoot with flower crowns of spring blossom and rustic bouquets of tulips and bluebells // Photography Annabel Smith // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Back in the spring I attended a spring blossom flower crown workshop run by my friend Rachel of Catkin Flowers. It was held in the beautiful surroundings of Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire, which is where Rachel has her base growing flowers in the old walled garden – it truly is as beautiful as it sounds.

A group of us had great fun creating our own unique flower crowns with spring flowers that Rachel had gathered for us, in particular a variety of blossoms from the spectacular cherry and crab apples that were blooming outside.

After the workshop Rachel put together a mini shoot in the gardens of Doddington Hall and I was invited to go along, and even got roped in for a few pictures – who could say no beneath that stunning tree dripping with pink blossom?

A spring wedding shoot with flower crowns of spring blossom and rustic bouquets of tulips and bluebells // Photography Annabel Smith // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

A spring wedding shoot with flower crowns of spring blossom and rustic bouquets of tulips and bluebells // Photography Annabel Smith // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

A spring wedding shoot with flower crowns of spring blossom and rustic bouquets of tulips and bluebells // Photography Annabel Smith // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

A spring wedding shoot with flower crowns of spring blossom and rustic bouquets of tulips and bluebells // Photography Annabel Smith // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

A spring wedding shoot with flower crowns of spring blossom and rustic bouquets of tulips and bluebells // Photography Annabel Smith // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

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Eco vintage wedding tea party and naked wedding cake // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Set at a gorgeous German farmhouse, today’s eco-inspired wedding shoot showcases beautiful simple details including a vintage tea party with a naked wedding cake, loose bouquets of lavender and herbs, watercolour invites, and a truly romantic real life love story.

Curated by the clever people at Lovely White Weddings  who wanted to provide a fully eco-friendly inspirational shoot to promote to brides-to-be the talented ethical wedding businesses in Germany, where they have yet to gain much mainstream attention. Lisa, Lena and Dani from Lovely White Weddings explain,

“In Germany we still pretty much live in a ‘green wedding desert’, there really is almost no good blog, magazine or specifically green wedding vendor to be found if you do not exactly know what to look for. Since we ourselves try to live as organic and sustainable as possible, we agreed that it was high time to fill that gap and to push the green wedding trend in Germany by throwing together one of the first truly eco German styled shoots.”

Lavender and herb wedding bouquet // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Naked wedding cake and living herb wedding centrepieces // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding rings with lavender // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Bridal bouquet of lavender and herbs // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Lavender watercolour wedding invites // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

An eco farmhouse wedding shoot with a vintage inspired tea party, pretty lavender details and watercolour invites // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

An eco farmhouse wedding shoot with a vintage inspired tea party, pretty lavender details and watercolour invites // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

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A London country house spring wedding shoot with a wild bouquet and colour palette of pink and gold // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Wimbledon has a special place in my heart as it was the place where I was born and spent the first few years of my life, so when this beautiful country house spring shoot landed in my inbox I was especially excited to share it with you.

This recently renovated south London country house wedding venue is set within the stunning Morden Hall Park, which is run by the National Trust. The park contains a variety of natural landscapes, including parkland, a river, meadow and marshland – an idyllic backdrop for this spring wedding shoot.

Photographer Eva Tarnok told me that they wanted to reflect the elegance of this historic venue, but also to showcase the natural beauty surrounding it – I think they did a great job.

Calligraphy style place name cards // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Spring bouquet of peonies, foxgloves and blossom // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // Blue Sky Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

A London country house spring wedding shoot with a wild bouquet and colour palette of pink and gold // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Gold and blush pink wedding shoes from Emmy London // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland bride // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Elegant country house bride and groom // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Spring wedding bouquet with peonies, sweet peas and blossom // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // Blue Sky Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

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